Monday, January 16, 2012
First times a Charm
When his dad called and quizzed me about my plans to take his boy out ice fishing I could hear the hesitation in his voice. The recent accidental drowning of Packers coach , Joe Philbin’s son and several other deaths related to the ice, safety has been brought to the forefront for most fisherman. I assured him we would be on our best behavior for his first outing. Right now Lake Winnebago has a few bays on the West
side that have ice but the main lake basin is still looking like Swiss cheese.The bays have ice varying from 3 to 7 inches. I felt pretty honored that someone put enough faith in my outdoor talents to release their child to me for his very first ice outing.Its really the ultimate complement for a guide or just a person in general .
Although fishing was slow Peter Streblow managed his very first perch through the ice. Ice fishing is as safe as you make it and taking chances usually ends up getting people in trouble fast. The recent cold snap is great for making ice but don’t get a false sense of security.Last week ,there was open patches on the lake that now are iced over and covered by a layer of snow. Who knows how much ice is under that snow so we still need to use caution . The fish are biting on Lake Winnebago and most can come up and enjoy it if they use common sense and extreme caution .
Contact the sport shops, talk to a guide or other local fisherman before you venture out. Go in a group and don’t be the great explorer . If you have questions pertaining to Lake Winnebago I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our site www. fonddulacoutdoors.com to see updated reports. We didn’t catch a lot today but the boys had fun .
Posted by John McArdle at 4:29 PM